That vette + those rims = http://www.nature.com/news/2001/0103...baboon_200.jpg
stop posting pics of your ancestors
There are two questions to really consider in making your decision:
1. Do you absolutely need 4 seats or can you get by with the two seats in the C5
2. If you are considering some serious performance modifications that are truly for performance driving rather than "show"; are you prepared to deal with the "self-grenading" rear end of the current CTSV with no "off the shelf" heavy duty rear carrier available....or would you feel more confident with a readily available "off the shelf" C5 heavy duty and bullet proof rear for the Corvette that can easily deliver 550 to 600 rwhp and torque to the street and is also driveable?
You can build an 800 plus horsepower power mill in either the C5 or CTSV, but you will always be limited to the CTSV's suspect rear end that is only rated for 352 foot pounds or rear wheel torque and there is NO aftemarket heavy duty rear available from anyone for the CTSV that I am aware of.
That is the reason why I ultimately sold my 2005 CTSV in May of 2007 with less than 5000 miles on it.
I'm comfortable with the luxury and performance of my 2004 CTS 3.6 as my daily driver with the appearance and performance modifications that I have made.
But for all out shear performance, reliability, access to readily available performance parts and tuning; I would take a page out of Bob Bondurant's book and purchase the C5.
OK, let's get back on topic, HAHAhaha!
the rear is a weak point in the car and is a serious point of contention between the two ...
if i ndidnt need a back seat i'd buy a C5... no questions asked completely different breed of car, a true sports car not a sport sedan
but when you take into account that people blow up rears i mean completely blow up rears rarely, and when they do its usually accompanied by a story, i dropped the clutch from 4 grand and NOTHING
yeah they whine and use more oil than a french chef but hey ... i bought into it and its not that bad
oh jees what did I start here :suspense:
now that is a red meaty ass
ok, lets go back to talking about 22s and less talk about "rear ends"